Jobs at The Citizen

 

VACANCY: SENIOR RUGBY REPORTER

Province: Gauteng
City: Industria West – Roodepoort
Type: Permanent


The Citizen is seeking to employ a Senior Ruby Reporter, within the editorial department, reporting to the Head of Sport.

The position will require the candidate to work for print and digital platforms and will involve sub-editing and content-loading administrative tasks.

Purpose of the job:

To cover sports events assigned by the Sports Editor and Head of Sport and to write accurate and well-written sports stories for daily publication in The Citizen’s sports pages and up-to-the minute content across all digital platforms.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Production of accurate and well-written sports (rugby) copy for both the daily newspaper and the website.
  • Establishing and maintaining a following on Twitter.
  • Gathering of news from a variety of reliable sources.
  • Generation of ideas and proposals for new stories.
  • Covering important events/issues timeously.
  • Establishing a network of contacts.
  • Liaising with photographers about specific events.
  • Contribute on the production side of both print and digital.
  • Maintaining of good relationship with colleagues.

Knowledge/Experience:

  • Bachelor’s Degree or Diploma in Journalism.
  • Wide knowledge and passion for sport, in particular sound knowledge of
  • 3 years’ relevant experience in a similar position.

Skills:

  • MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Outlook.
  • Excellent people and relationship-building skills.
  • Knowledge and understanding of digital publishing platform WordPress or similar platform.

Attitude:

  • Ability to work accurately and efficiently.
  • Excellent communication skills and an ability to work individually on a project or in a team environment.
  • Deadline driven.
  • Innovative and independent.
  • High degree of professional Journalistic conduct.
  • Proven journalistic track record.
  • Knowledge of media and publishing law
  • Excellent writing skills and ability to create editorial and multimedia content.

Other Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s licence.
  • Own reliable vehicle.
  • Solid references.
  • Required to work on weekends, public holidays and nights.

Please send suitable applications with a full CV to cvs@citizen.co.za

Reference in subject line: Senior Rugby Reporter

Closing date for applications:  3 September 2021

Preference will be given to individuals who will add to the diversity of the organisation.

The Citizen reserves the right to not fill the position.

VACANCY: SENIOR DIGITAL JOURNALIST – POLITICS

Province: Gauteng
City: Industria West – Roodepoort
Type: Permanent

An opportunity for a Senior Digital Journalist, specializing in Political reporting, exists within our Digital Department, reporting to the Digital News Editor of The Citizen.

Purpose of the Job:

To cover news events assigned by the Digital News Editor and to produce accurate and well-written stories daily for our publication.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Plan and write fresh, accurate copy to deadline for all platforms in co-operation with the Digital News Editor and Editor.
  • Researching of articles.
  • Verifying statements and facts.
  • Gathering of news from a variety of reliable sources.
  • Interviewing sources.
  • Generation of ideas and proposals for new stories.
  • Covering important events/issues timeously.
  • Staying up to date with privacy, contempt and defamation laws.
  • Liaising with editors, sub-editors, design and photographers.
  • Establishing and maintaining a network of contacts.
  • Adhere to Code of Ethics and Editorial Standards and Practices.
  • Monitor social media to pick up news leads and story ideas.
  • Upload, publish and promote stories to the website and online.
  • Assist with online administrative functions as directed.
  • Create, publish and promote multimedia content.
  • Guide, train and coach junior staff members.
  • Monitor analytics constantly.
  • Utilise analytics to maximise all stories and articles published on citizen.co.za.
  • Adhere to Google algorithm requirements and write with SEO and Google search in mind.
  • Study and adhere to The Citizen and citizen.co.za’s Voice and Style Guide.

Core Competencies Required:

Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in Journalism.
  • Minimum 5 years’ mainstream journalism experience.
  • Talent for writing, coupled with a keen interest in breaking news and current affairs.
  • Established network of political contacts.
  • Newsroom and current affairs writing experience.

Skills:

  • MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Outlook.
  • Communication skills.
  • Relationship-building skills.

Aptitude:

  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Deadline driven.
  • High degree of professional journalistic conduct.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team.
  • Availability to work overtime and on weekends.
  • Ability to work speedily but accurately.

Other Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Own reliable vehicle
  • Please send suitable applications with a full CV to cvs@citizen.co.za
  • Reference in subject line: Senior Digital Journalist – Politics
  • Closing date for applications:  10 September 2021
  • Preference will be given to individuals who will add to the diversity of the organisation.
  • The Citizen reserves the right to not fill the position.

VACANCY: DIGITAL JOURNALIST

Province: Gauteng
City: Industria West – Roodepoort
Type: Permanent

An opportunity for a Digital Journalist exists within our Digital Department (Editorial), reporting to the Digital News Editor of The Citizen.

Purpose of the Job:

To cover news events assigned by the News Editor and to produce accurate and well-written stories daily for our publication.

Main Responsibilities:

  • Covering important events/issues and breaking news timeously.
  • Use sources, documents, computer-assisted reporting, and other journalistic tools to develop, report and write exclusive/unique stories.
  • Work with the Digital News Editor in the development of story and project ideas.
  • Create online/multi-media and social media content.
  • Do fact checking of all articles you write.
  • Adhere to Code of Ethics and Editorial Standards and Practices.
  • Establishing a network of contacts.
  • Staying up to date with privacy, contempt and defamation laws.
  • Ability to work overtime and on weekends.
  • Monitor electronic news outlets to pick up on news leads and story ideas.
  • Upload, publish and promote stories to the website and online.
  • Assist with online administrative functions as directed.
  • Monitor analytics constantly.
  • Utilise analytics to maximise all stories and articles published on citizen.co.za.
  • Adhere to Google algorithm requirements and write with SEO and Google search in mind.
  • Study and adhere to The Citizen and citizen.co.za’s Voice and Style Guide.

Core Competencies Required:

Knowledge:

  • Bachelor’s degree or Diploma in Journalism.
  • 1 – 3 years’ mainstream journalism experience.
  • Talent for writing, coupled with a keen interest in the digital news environment, breaking news and current affairs.
  • Newsroom writing experience.
  • Creativity, business and news sense, technological skills and a strong understanding of the relevant audience.

Skills:

  • MS Office Suite (Word, Excel, PowerPoint), Outlook.
  • Communication skills.
  • Relationship-building skills.

Aptitude:

  • Ability to work under pressure.
  • Deadline driven.
  • High degree of professional journalistic conduct.
  • Ability to work both independently and in a team.
  • Ability to work overtime and on weekends.
  • Ability to work speedily but accurately.
  • Ability to understand Afrikaans will be an advantage

Other Requirements:

  • Valid driver’s license
  • Own vehicle
  • Please send suitable applications with a full CV to cvs@citizen.co.za
  • Reference in subject line: Digital Journalist
  • Closing date for applications:  10 September 2021
  • Preference will be given to individuals who will add to the diversity of the organisation.
  • The Citizen reserves the right to not fill the position.